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Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies

ESDiT is a 10-year long international research programme of 7 academic institutions. We work on breakthrough research at the intersections of ethics, philosophy, technology, engineering and social sciences.

What We DoWho We Are

Our 3 Focal Points

New digital technologies

robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), big data, blockchain, social media, and quantum computing

Bio- and brain technologies

gene editing, gene drives, synthetic biology, neurotechnology, advanced medical and food technologies, and technologies for human enhancement

Environmental & sustainable technologies

energy technologies, water technologies, recycling and other technologies for the circular economy, climate engineering, and bio-based and low-carbon technologies

Collaboration &
Knowledge exchange

The ESDiT programme is open to collaboration with other academic researchers, technology developers, policy makers & civil society organizations. We share relevant information and research results with media, education  & general public stakeholders.

ESDiT Research Lines

Nature, Life & Human Intervention

Nature, Life & Human Intervention

We aim to go beyond traditional discussions about the normative status of nature, e.g., whether there is something intrinsically good or desirable in nature and something objectionable in changing nature.
The Human Condition

The Human Condition

We investigate how and to what extent socially disruptive technologies have implications with regard to humans, humanity and the human condition, focusing on new biomedical and digital technologies.
The Future of a Fair & Free Society

The Future of a Fair & Free Society

We try to map how the changes in social relations, social structures, social institutions, and democratic practices, brought about by SDTs affect the basic concepts of social and political philosophy.
Foundations & Synthesis

Foundations & Synthesis

This research line aims to develop more synthesizing perspectives on the entire topic of the research programme. We work on frameworks that are able to provide normative responses to the challenge of SDTs.

Our Latest Publications

The latest publications by ESDiT researchers:

Algorithmic Fairness as an Inconsistent concept (Pre-Print)

Hummel, Patrik

Algorithmic Fairness as an Inconsistent concept (Pre-Print) Journal Article Forthcoming

In: American Philosophical Quarterly, iss. 62, no. 1, Forthcoming, ISSN: 0003-0481.

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There is no "I" in Postphenomenology

Claassen, Kristy

There is no "I" in Postphenomenology Journal Article

In: Human Studies, 2024, ISSN: 1572-851X.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Latest News & Media appearances

News from the ESDIT programme + media appearances by our researchers:

Adam Henschke on University World News about military technology

Adam Henschke on University World News about military technology

Vacancy: PhD on Reconceptualising Solidarity for Technologically Disrupted Contexts

Vacancy: PhD on Reconceptualising Solidarity for Technologically Disrupted Contexts

Vacancy: PhD on Disrupting Ageing – Personhood, meaning, and vulnerability across the lifespan

Vacancy: PhD on Disrupting Ageing – Personhood, meaning, and vulnerability across the lifespan

The ESDIT podcast

Interviews with, and by, scholars affiliated with the research consortium Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies. The ESDiT podcast showcases ongoing research of various junior and senior scholars active in contemporary technology ethics.

Our Next Event

We regularly organize academic events and events with stakeholders, such as:

But What Should We Do? The Ethics of Climate Action, with John Broome

Date: May 21, 2024
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: TU Delft | The Hague Campus, Bezuidenhoutseweg 63
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Climate action aims to create a better, more just world. It therefore requires not just technical knowledge, but also ethical understanding. Join John Broome (Oxford), in conversation with James Hutton (TU Delft), as they delve into the philosophical underpinnings of climate action. This discussion, suitable for experts and non-experts alike, will explore critical questions about […]